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Lean Portland is a volunteer group based in Portland, Oregon that offers Lean and Six Sigma consulting to nonprofit organizations. We also host learning events, free workshops, interviews, happy hours and volunteer opportunities and mentoring for other practitioners.
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Since it's inception in 2005, and According to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, Strategic Energy Management (SEM) takes a "holistic approach to managing energy use in order to continuously improve energy performance, by achieving persistent energy and cost savings over the long term. It focuses on business practice change from senior management through shop floor staff, affecting organizational culture to reduce energy waste and improve energy intensity. SEM emphasizes equipping and enabling plant management and staff to impact energy consumption through behavioral and operational change.” Join lean educator, and former lean consultant turned SEM Coach Kjell van Zoen at Energy 350's HQ. Learn how Kjell is applying his lean skills to SEM in order to further Energy 350's mission to "mine energy efficiency as a resource to displace power plants, save businesses money, and protect the environment." Video and transcript coming soon!
Lean Portland was asked to present on Continuous Improvement Resources at the Master Brewers Association of America (MBAA) District Northwest Spring Meeting 2019 In the presentation, we talked about Lean concepts, 8 wastes, played the Toyota and Food Bank video, shared benefits and key points of Lean, some examples we've helped with other nonprofits, and books and training we recommend. You can watch the full video at:
Here is a webinar that Brion Hurley held with the IISE organization that discusses the work done with Lean Portland and other IISE chapters who are trying to teach Lean and Six Sigma to nonprofit organizations Read the transcript, download the slides and get links discussed in the presentation at:
Are you interested in developing a plan to test out your social entrepreneurship, nonprofit or mission-driven business ideas? Don't waste valuable time, resources or money pursuing your ideas, if you find that it doesn't work for the people you are trying to serve. The Lean Startup methodology (based on Lean Manufacturing principles) seeks to eliminate wasteful practices and increase value-producing practices during the earliest phases of a company or organization, so that they can have a better chance of success, without requiring large amounts of outside funding, elaborate business plans, or a perfect product or service. It is all about agility and flexibility. Its mantra is “build, measure, learn”: create small experimental initiatives, quickly get real-world feedback on them, and use that data to expand what works and discard what doesn’t. These concepts have also been applied to dozens of social sector and nonprofit organizations, focused on reducing environmental impact, improving government services for residents, providing care to those in need, and improving educational outreach. Learn from Michel Gelobter, serial social entrepreneur and author of Lean Startups for Social Change: The Revolutionary Path to Big Impact ( The webinar is hosted by Lean Portland ( and the Portland State University Impact Entrepreneurs (
Matt Horvat and Brion Hurley, along with Kelly Stevens from The Rebuilding Center, were asked to give a webinar to the Building Material Reuse Association (BMRA) members about Lean principles and our experiences working with reuse nonprofit organizations. Slides can be downloaded as a PDF here Links BMRA The Rebuilding Center Lean Portland Read the full transcript 
Is 'certification' right for me? Whether you're talking about Lean, Six Sigma, Lean Sigma, PMI, APICS, Prosci or countless other certification programs, how do you decide which one is right for you or whether you need it at all? Nicole Sisco from PSU Center for Executive and Professional Education will be on hand to talk about CEPE's certificate programs and answer questions. Team members from Lean Portland will facilitate a short brainstorming activity, followed by the usual networking and nerding out.  Watch the video of this podcast at:
About the presentation Left brain thinking. Right brain thinking. How do our brain functions impact our Lean practices? Continuous improvement implies continuous change. How do our ingrained habits influence our actions? There is an increasing awareness and incorporation of psychology and neuroscience in business and leadership reading; how and which of these concepts have you integrated into your Lean practice?  You can watch the video of the presentation at: Brock Husby, PH.D., P.E. Brock is a process improvement Leader with primary areas of focus on Lean applied to Finance, Agile/IT/Software Development, Product Development, Healthcare, and Manufacturing, as well other applications. Brock is a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.), Certified Scrum Master (CSM)/Lean coach/Lean Product Developer, consultant, author (Productivity Press, Inc. & IISE), instructor (IISE, ELSS, UTSA), speaker and researcher. He has co-authored two books on Lean through Productivity Press: “Lean Daily Management for Healthcare Field Book” and “Hoshin Kanri for Healthcare: Toyota-Style Long-Term Thinking and Strategy Deployment to Unlock Your Organization’s True Potential”. He is currently a Senior Lean Coach with Standard Insurance, leading the Lean transformation in IT/Software Development. He was a Process Assurance Engineer/Corrective Actions Engineer for the Space Shuttle Program at the Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral, FL) and a Technical Assistant at Car and Driver Magazine. He was an Associate Vice President (AVP) at Baylor Scott & White Health, where he was an integral part of the deployment of a holistic Lean approach throughout the 13-hospital, 13,000 employee system. A case study from my Ph.D. Dissertation (based on his consulting work) was recently featured in Prof. Jeff Liker’s new book “The Toyota Way to Service Excellence”. He was one of the 3 Industrial Engineers who built the program for Denver Health becoming the first healthcare delivery organization to win the coveted Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence (March 2011) and demonstrated operational expense savings of $124,000,000 (as of 2013). The event was held in Portland, Oregon on Dec 4, 2018 at CENTRL Office, hosted by North Highland.
This is a presentation on Lean Culture given by Maria Grzanka and Ernest Mayer from our Lean Portland team. We were asked to present at the State of Oregon Department of Human Services Annual Lean Academy Conference, held on August 14, 2018. It was setup by the Office of Continuous Improvement. The presentation is based on material from the Edgar Schein Onion Model and our personal experiences. If you'd like to see the slides and the speakers, click the video link below, or go to Video:
This is the presentation we gave at the Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR) Spring Reuse Forum in March 2018, explaining how we helped apply lean concepts to the reuse nonprofit industry, with Free Geek and The Rebuilding Center. You can watch the full video presentation at Presenters: * Matt Horvat, Founder of Lean Portland * Brion Hurley, LSS consultant at Business Performance Improvement * John Ashcraft, Recycling Manager at Free Geek * Mike Alfoni, Project Manager at The Rebuilding Center
On December 6th 2017, Lean Portland interviewed Norman Bodek about his thoughts on Lean almost 40 years after he first founded Productivity Press in 1979. Hosted by Lean Portland and Portland Made at the Grovemade HQ. Introduced by Lean Portland founder Matt Horvat and moderated by Lean Consultant Kjell Van Zoen. EVENT SPONSORS Grovemade Portland Made Keaton Averman & Sven Shoultz of Rose City Digital Marketing PhotosbyKim IISE Portland Chapter Organizers Northwest West Coast Event Productions Business Performance Improvement vanZoen Consulting
Thanks for checking out our very first episode of the Lean Portland podcast. We explain what our intent is for our podcast, and answer the question "do you use the original Japanese lean terms in your work?"
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